High rewards for education

Four people who did not lack time or effort in promoting the French language and culture were thanked by the Consul General of France in Miami on October 4th 2012.

Through their actions and connections to American and French collegues and partners, Mrs. Patricia Taëb, Mr. Frédéric Bernerd, Mrs. Christine Caly- Sanchez and Mrs. Pascale Bécel were distinguished for their respective work. To thank them, they have been awarded the medal of "Palmes Academiques".


Left to right: Valérie Drake, Cultural Attaché, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul general de France in Miami, Christine Caly-Sanchez, Patricia Taïeb, Frédéric Bernerd, Pascale Bécel.

They were recognized, on the evening of the 4th of October 2012, at the Consul’s residence:

  • Mrs. Patricia Taïeb, Professor of the French ministry of Education for 39 years, including some years abroad. Mrs. Taïeb debuted her career in France in 1971. She has taught since 2001 in the "Lycée franco-américain" of Cooper City in Florida, a school providing a French curriculum approved by the Ministry of National Education.
  • Mr. Frédéric Bernerd, Head of the Mathematics and Science Department at the International Studies Charter High School and coordinator of the French section of the International Studies program. Mr. Bernerd arrived in Miami in 2006, he spends his time and energy in service of French culture through teaching mathematics and physics in French.
  • Mrs. Chrisine Caly- Sanchez, Assistant Director of the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence (MEUCE) at Florida International University (FIU). Mrs. Caly- Sanchez offers experience in university exchanges and the integration of students in the professional world. During 22 years of career, she has worked tirelessly and with efficiency to help in the academic success of her students as well as those from institutions where she worked in while in France.
  • Mrs. Pascale Bécel, Professor of French literature and the head of the Modern Languages Department at Florida International University (FIU). Through a lot of research in many different areas, Mrs. Bécel has confronted many issues and themes in French literature; she has published more than fifty articles in different American university journals.

In the presence of many partners, colleagues and friends, these four individuals were named Knights in the Order of "Palmes Academiques".

During his speech, the Consul General of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve, also thanked their partners and colleagues, namely:

  • Florida International University (FIU) and its center for European Studies and Modern Language Department
  • Florida International University (FIU) and its Center for European Studies and Modern Language Department,
  • Miami-Dade County Public School, which offers “International Studies” programs in Sunset Elementary School, Coconut Elementary School, Carver Middle School and International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS)
  • Pinellas County and Orange County schools, Palm Beach Sounty schools
  • The “Lycee Franco Americain” of Cooper City, the International School of Broward and EFAM school (Ecole fFanco Americain de Miami)
  • The University of Miami (UM) and its Department of International Studies and School of Architecture,
  • And also "FIPA", the Fench International Studies Program Parent Association that constantly works to the benefit of the French International Studies Program.

Article published on October 10, 2012.

Dernière modification : 11/10/2012

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